Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Entomology: Cross-Curricular Learning

Kids have fun investigating insects in their natural habitat!

TPT - $3 -

1. Letters and photos from Entomologist Greg prompting kids to do different experimentations.
2. 3 Insect Investigation Worksheets: identifying, describing, comparing and contrasting
3. Insect Trading Card Project: measurement and data collection
4. 4 Insect Posters: insect characteristics, non-insect characteristics, mouth parts and compound eyes
5. Insect Fraction and Graphing: oversized images of insects are hung up around the classroom and kids have to circle whether the specimens are insects or not. Then they make a graph of their findings and record fractions.
6. Ant Restaurant Experiment and Recording Sheet: kids have a menu and add their own items to a paper plate for experimentation. Then they graph the results of the experiment (as a class).
7. Label Ant Worksheet
8. Metamorphosis Monarch Sequencing Cards and Worksheet
9. Create Your Own Ladybug Sequencing Cards and Ladybug Lifecycle Worksheet
10. Lifecycle Comic Strip Tech Project
11. Incomplete Metamorphosis Worksheet: Grasshopper and Dragonfly
12. Butterfly Feeder Instructions: kids make daily recordings of the feeder
13. Letter from Greg prompting kids to research an insect from a different biome

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Botanical Expedition

Botanical Expedition - $1 -
Kids are given a project-based learning project where they go on a plant expedition to one of the biomes listed on the scientific fact cards (included in the pack). They discover a new plant species and record their findings by designing their own scientific fact sheets! 

After their individual project, they collaborate in a group and design life-size versions of real plants that exist around the world in different biomes (4 plants). This section is called plant superlatives because the plants have extreme attributes! Kids research interesting facts about the plant their group is assigned (after they create it to hang on the walls of your classroom)!

10 Biome Scientific Fact Cards / Mini-Posters
(labeled: blue (aquatic) and green (terrestrial)
1. Coral Reef
2. Wetlands
3. Desert
4. Deciduous Forest
5. Temperate Grasslands
6. Savanna
7. Taiga
8. Temperate Rainforest
9. Tropical Rainforest
10. Tundra

Landform Postcards Game

TPT - $3 -

Kids identify 30 landforms through a fun game of matching the front and back of postcards! The front of each postcard has an image of the landmark, the location of the landmark and a greeting (in the language of the location). The back of each postcard has a friendly letter from "Jack" with the definition of each landmark. There are also blank postcards (fronts and backs) for kids to design their own postcards.

Friday, September 16, 2016

Aquarium Area & Perimeter

Kids are given a square sheet of blue paper (9"x9") to design a mini aquarium. Then their aquariums are used to investigate area and perimeter! Each aquarium represents 1 square inch. Students construct different irregular polygons by stacking their classmates' drawings and creating a pet store wall of aquariums! When they create a shape, they record the area and perimeter. 

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Food Chain Activity Pack

Teachers Pay Teachers

Food Chain Card Game (72 cards) Cards include animals (carnivores, omnivores and herbivores) and plants from the ocean, desert, rainforest, tundra and forest. There are 2 sets of cards: easy and advanced level. The easy level is color coded so kids know what habitat each item belongs to (making building a food chain easier). The advanced cards are not color coded. Kids have to figure out what eats what based on their knowledge of what animals and plants belong to each biome. Game is played like Go Fish.

Food Chain Freeze Tag Headbands (36 Headbands)10 different food chains from different habitats
This activity is inspired by Eecko World's "We're All In This Together." 
Give each child a construction paper headband with a different plant or animal that is part of a food chain (include organisms from different habitats). Take students to a large open area outside. Kids have to look for a plant or animal that their organism consumes. They tag what they eat! If a child is tagged, they must freeze (stand still)! Who is left at the end of the game?!

Afterwards, have kids try to find organisms that belong to their habitat (creating small groups). Kids must problem solve and try to figure out who belongs in their "group." Also, where would you find the organisms in their group? What habitat do they live in?!

3 Different Reinforcement Ideas, 1 printable: Food Chain Graphic Organizer